Youth Formation

The Children’s Gathering on the Square

The Children’s Gathering on the Square is a partnership between the Cathedral of St. Andrew and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma Street. Programs meet in rooms at the back of St. Peter’s Parish Hall.

Classes and Activities

For children in pre-school through grade 4:
The Godly Play* program is appropriate for children who are curious about bible stories they hear in church. It meets weekly in “The Loft from approximately 9 am to 10 am on Sunday mornings.”

Older children are welcome to assist as teachers’ aides with either group.

For more information regarding either program, contact Beth Young bethcasper@aol.com 808-236-2333.

About Godly Play

Godly Play is based on the teachings and writings of Jerome W. Berryman, including Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education and other works.

This approach provides the tools for children’s journeys of faith: its space is inviting, and creates mystery and wonder. We are visually reminded it is a holy space. It invites touching things, yet it is clear there is something reverential about them. It is a quiet space that facilitates prayer and contemplation.

Godly Play can be a transformative experience for everyone involved, whatever their ages. We are lucky to have this program in partnership with St. Peter’s as the foundation of our Children’s Ministries at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

To learn more: In-Depth Look at Godly Play

photo: two boys engaged in Godly Play Work

Coming Up!

Godly Play, June 2019 Godly Play, June 2019

June 2: Knowing Jesus in a New Way “Known in Waiting”
Jesus told his disciples to return to Jerusalem. They gathered again in their familiar room and Jesus was there.They were more comfortable now with the new way of knowing him, so they ask many questions, most of them were silly. And then he was gone, withdrawn in a way that is hard to understand or imagine. The disciples waited – what was to happen next?

June 9: Knowing Jesus in a New Way ”Known by the Holy Spirit”
The waiting is finally over and everything changed for the disciples when the Holy Spirit came to them – they could speak languages they never learned… it must have been a crazy scene in Jerusalem! The Holy Spirit descended to the disciples like tongues of flame! In the Godly Play room, we describe the Holy Spirit as being like a fragrant scent or a candle whose flame is out ,but the essence lingers in the trailing smoke – you cannot see these things but still, somehow, you know they are there. We use gentle words for a raging fire. Why might that be?

People in the “Godly Play”room will celebrate together today with special feasting and play. We will change the altar cloth from white (a color of pure celebration) to red, the hot burning color of the Holy Spirit.

This will be our last Godly Play gathering till Fall 2019.
Take care, and ... More…

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May 5: Jesus In a New Way “Known in the breaking of Bread”
After Jesus had risen on Easter, he appeared among his followers in different ways until the time of his Ascension. Two men were walking the road to Emmaus and deeply troubled by the crucifixion of Jesus. A fellow traveler joined them and when they reached their destination, the two invited the third to share a meal. It was not until then that they recognized the third man was Jesus.

May 12: Knowing Jesus in a New Way “Known In Doubt”
We also wondered about Thomas, ‘the doubter.’ Jesus had appeared to the some of his disciples but Thomas could not believe because he did not see. Later Jesus came to the disciples again while they were all sharing a meal and Thomas upon seeing Jesus, fell to his knees. Jesus’ response was, “Blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.”

May 19: Knowing Jesus in a New Way “Known in the Morning”
The Eastertide journey continues. Jesus keeps appearing unexpectedly. He had risen on Easter – Alleluia! – but he just kept showing up in surprising ways before his ascension. John’s gospel tells us that Jesus’ disciples made the long trip to Galilee as Jesus had instructed them and stopped at the Sea of Galilee. Fishing was unsuccessful until someone tending a fire onshore called out to them to throw their nets to the other side. John ... More…

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April 7: Faces of Easter: Jesus offers the Bread and Wine
Today we will share a meal with Jesus and his closest friends. Jesus will tell his friends what is about to happen. He will teach how he will be with them even when he is not physically present. We will learn how to remember him. Jesus’ friends do not fully understand what he is saying. One of his friends is about to betray him. Can you imagine the confusion? I wonder what Jesus was feeling? Would you like to have been in this room with these people?

April 14: The “Drama” of Holy Week
Today is Palm Sunday, and the people in the Godly Play room will relive the events of the day by using a child’s version of the Stations of the Cross. We will “be there when they nail him to the cross.” The day begins with celebration and ends in death. What will come from this?

April 21: Easter Day no gathering

April 28: Jesus in a New Way “Known In Absence”
Easter is such a big mystery and so amazing that it cannot be contained in just one Sunday. It spills over into six more weeks we call Eastertide. Today we begin our journey through Easter to Pentecost. Today, we remember how the “three Marys” were the first to go to the tomb, looking to care for Jesus’ body. The tomb was empty. Wonder with your child how ... More…

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February 3: Parable of the Good Samaritan

Today’s story was the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Parables are the closest thing we have to the actual words of Jesus. In our time together today, we heard the story and wondered why a Samaritan man (whose people who distrusted and disliked the Jews) would stop and help an injured Jewish man.

February 10: Parable of the Great Pearl

This is another story Jesus told about what the kingdom of heaven is like. Jesus tells about a pearl merchant as he searches for “the Great Pearl”.  When he finds it, the merchant exchanges all that he possesses in order to have “the Great Pearl”. In this way we learn that we need to be willing to exchange everything earthly to gain everything heavenly.

February 17: Parable of the Mustard Seed

We hear the Parable of the Mustard Seed today. Mustard seeds are very tiny seeds! Yet from these tiny seeds a plant can grow large enough to give great service. Just think of the great power contained in that tiny seed of faith!

February 24: Parable of the Sower

Many people think they understand this parable. If you put seeds in good soil they grow, right? Thorny soil is problematic, rocky soil is nearly impossible and tossing the seeds on top of the soil make seeds into bird food! Jesus reminds us in the telling of this parable that seeds “can” grow anywhere. What is the seed ... More…

Godly Play, January, 2019 Godly Play, January, 2019

January 6 Epiphany “Star Party” The Magi’s Gifts
Today we will will hear of the of the gifts given to the Christ Child by the Magi and will have a “Starry” Celebration to close the season of Christmas.

January 13 Jesus’ Baptism
This Sunday we learn the Story of Baptism. In our Episcopal tradition, Holy Baptism by water and the Holy Spirit, is full initiation into the Church. People are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We invited the children to remember the day of their baptism (or look forward to it) as we light candles from the Christ candle.

January 20 Parable of Parables
“What’s really inside a parable?” We will use a series of nesting boxes to begin to understand what a parable really is and why Jesus offered them to us. We learned together how words that were “just right” for one generation, needed to be changed to “fit” the next. Parables have been told and retold over hundreds and hundreds of generations since Jesus shared them with us.

January 27 Parable of the Good Shepherd
Today we hear the familiar Parable of the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd knows each of his sheep by name and they know the sound of his voice. While he shows the sheep the way to the good green grass and the cool, clear water, he also goes wherever he must when they ... More…

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December 2 Advent 2 (the Holy Family)
On this Sunday we light another candle, revisit the story of last week and hear the story of the Holy Family and their long, uncomfortable trip to Bethlehem. Mary was heavy with a baby inside her and Joseph helped her as best he could. (They were the last people to arrive in Bethlehem that night).

December 9 Advent 3 (the Shepherds)
This week we light yet another candle, this time a rose colored one. We hear the story of angels and their announcement to the shepherds on that night.The shepherds were told to go into Bethlehem, the savior had been born. Imagine the shepherds surprise! Do you think they hesitated before they obeyed the angels?

December 16 Advent 4 (the Magi)
Today the last of the fourth candle is set ablaze. We hear the story of the Three Magi who knew all the stars in the sky. When they saw a “wild star” they knew they had to follow it. Thus they began their long journey into mystery.

December 23 no lesson. Special Christmas Eve program!

December 25 (Tuesday) Christmas Day!
This is the day the white fifth candle on an Advent wreath may be lit in celebration of Jesus birth.
(Tradition suggests that all five of the candles on the wreath can be briefly lighted
daily until the day of Epiphany.)

December 30 no formal lesson
Prepare for the “Star Party” next week!

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